Post by LFS Post by Anne B Post by Penny
On Mon, 15 May 2017 19:53:06 +0100, Sid Nuncius
scrawled in the dust...
Post by Sid Nuncius
Shortlisted for the International
Man Booker Prize - but really good in spite of that.
It's not just me who views such lists as 'titles to be avoided' then?
No, YANAOU. I read three Booker prize winners and decided that if that
was the sort of thing the judges liked and/or approved of, I would know
not to bother reading any more of their prizewinners in future.
Because I get advanced reader copies from the wonderful Netgalley (which
either Sid or Brittski introduced me to and for which I am deeply
grateful) I often find that I have read some of the nominated books
before the list is announced. And I am frequently puzzled as to why
mediocre books have been nominated when there are much more impressive
YANAOU. I find Prize nominated novels a very mixed bunch. I thought
The Sellout (the 2016 Booker winner) was terrific, as were a couple of
others on the long list, and I have really enjoyed quite a few nominees
in the past. I think quite a lot are just...well, OK but nothing
special like Hot Milk, Serious Sweet etc.
There has also been some frightfully pretentious rubbish nominated.
[Satin Island. I rest my case.] And All The Light We Cannot See as a
Pulitzer Winner? Per-lease! (Although they redeemed themselves with
the excellent The Underground Railroad.) Not to mention Mend The Living
winning the Wellcome Prize, God help us...er...sorry. Getting a bit
grumpy now. I'll stop.
And why The Essex Serpent won anything at all is entirely beyond me. At
least it's not pretentious and self-regarding, but it's standard
Creative Writing Course prose, full of stale characters and staggeringly
Oh - hello, Matron. Sorry, I didn't realise I'd started again.
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)